Pronto Computers Inc. (Torrance, Calif.)

The Series 16 won an award from Industrial Design magazine for superior design in the business and scientific category. Although it was software compatible with the PC, the Series 16 had a proprietary expansion bus.

Pronto claimed that the Transportable Solution was the first portabe to offer an 80186 CPU, but others had it at about the same time.

Pronto Series 16 (Aug. 1983, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $3,200 to $6,190
Base Configuration: 8MHz 80186 CPU, MS-DOS 2.11, 256K RAM (1MB max), 16K ROM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, keyboard/keypad, two RS-232C and one parallel port, Executec application suite
Video: 25-line x 80-column text
Important Options: second 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 5.6MB removeable hard disk drive, monochrome monitor, 640 x 480 graphics card

Pronto Transportable Solution (Nov. 1983, transportable PC)
Original Retail Price: $3,950 to $8,690
Base Configuration: 8MHz 80186 CPU, MS-DOS 2.11, proprietary expansion slot, 256K RAM, 16K ROM (64K max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, integral 9-inch monochrome CRT, keyboard/keypad, two RS-232 and on parallel port, application suite
Video: 25-line x 80-column text
Size/Weight: 7.5 x 17.25 x 18 inches, 30 lbs.
Important Options: 5.6- to 35MB hard disk drive, enhanced graphics upgrade

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One comment

  1. Henry Gasbarro · · Reply

    This was ahead of it’s time. The first first TOWER BOX IN THE WORLD AND 50MB REMOVABLE DISK.

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